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Archives for May 2013

Voices of The Springs Brush Fire

Fri, May 3, 2013

The Springs Fire has been an unforgettable experience for thousands of Ventura County residents, who had their homes threatened by the inferno. KCLU’s Lance Orozco has some of the sounds, and voices of the fire. Click on link to listen do/download story: Voices From the Inferno


Legendary Count Basie Orchestra One Of The Highlights Of The Ventura Music Festival This Weekend

Fri, May 3, 2013

The 2013 Ventura Music Festival is underway, and this year’s lineup features nine classical, big band, and jazz music performances. One of the festival’s highlights is a performance this weekend by the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. The Count Basie Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the Majestic Ventura Theater, in downtown Ventura. Dennis Read the Rest…


Springs Fire Tops 10,000 Acres Burned, Reaches Pacific Coast Highway

Thu, May 2, 2013

A massive brushfire which started in Ventura County Thursday morning has burned more than 8000 acres of brush, and has reached the Pacific Coast Highway, with no sign of full containment. The Springs Brushfire threatened more than 2000 homes, but firefighters say none were destroyed, and 15 suffered minor damage. The blaze burned around a Read the Rest…


8,000 Acres Burned–Evacuations Ordered

Thu, May 2, 2013

A brush fire that began in the Camarillo Springs area continues to burn. It has grown to 8,000 acres, with 10% containment, as of 8:00 pm.  Burning toward the sea through rugged backcountry, the fire has reached PCH at La Jolla Canyon. An evacuation order remains in effect for Cal State Channel Islands.  Additional evacuations Read the Rest…


Brush Fire In Ventura County Being Pushed By Strong Wind

Thu, May 2, 2013

A brush fire in the Camarillo Springs area is being pushed by strong wind. It was initially reported to be around 10 acres, but has been growing in size rapidly. The fire was reported just after 6:30 this morning. The fire has burned towards the top of the grade, in a rugged area making it Read the Rest…


Simi Valley Police Say They Seize $2.8 Million Dollars In Methamphetamine During Drug Bust

Thu, May 2, 2013

Simi Valley Police say they’ve made a big drug bust in an investigation which took detectives to Riverside County. Department officials say they seized about 70 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $2.8 million dollars. They also seized about $20,000 in cash. Police aren’t releasing details of the case, other than to Read the Rest…


Santa Barbara Solstice Workshop Finds Home Just In Time For Start of Work For 2013 Parade

Thu, May 2, 2013

The South Coast’s largest arts event now has a new home, just in time for people to start work on the annual summertime event. The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Parade has been displaced from its permanent home on Garden Street, in downtown Santa Barbara for the last two years by a construction project. Last year, Read the Rest…


Sobriety/Drivers License Checkpoint In Ventura County To Tell Story Of Young Woman Killed By DUI Driver

Thu, May 2, 2013

Cinco de Mayo occurs this weekend, and as a result law enforcement agencies in Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties are beefing up DUI patrols. In Oxnard, police are holding a DUI/Drivers license checkpoint Friday night, but one with a new twist. The checkpoint will be dedicated to a Ventura County woman killed by a DUI Read the Rest…


Ventura Police Issue Community Crime Alert Following String Of Vehicle Burglaries

Thu, May 2, 2013

Ventura Police have issued a community crime alert for the city, following a rash of vehicle burglaries this week. Police say they had eight burglaries during a 12 hour period from Tuesday, to Wednesday. Investigators say they aren’t sure if its the work of individuals, or organized groups. They’re warning people to be vigilant in Read the Rest…


Foundation For Santa Barbara City College Tops Million Dollar Goal For Fund For Support Programs

Thu, May 2, 2013

We have a followup to a story we told you about Tuesday, involving efforts by a foundation to raise a million dollars from student assistance programs at Santa Barbara City College. When the story aired Tuesday morning, Foundation for Santa Barbara City College officials told KCLU News that they were still $100,000 short of their Read the Rest…


Truck Driver Killed In Accident In Ventura County

Wed, May 1, 2013

The driver of a truck is dead, after he was run over by it while working on a ranch in eastern Ventura County. Ventura County firefighters were called to the remote area north of Simi Valley just before ten this morning by reports of a traffic accident. Captain Mike Lindberry, with the Ventura County Fire Read the Rest…


Proposed New Fire Station In Oxnard Focus Of Community Meeting

Wed, May 1, 2013

Plans for a new fire station are the focus of a pair of community meetings in Oxnard, including one set for tonight. The Oxnard Fire Department wants to build a new facility on Rose Avenue, near Raiders Way. Officials will talk about the need for a new station, the proposed design, and how the department Read the Rest…


Three Arrested for Home Invasion Robbery, Attack On Man With Baseball Bat In Ventura County

Wed, May 1, 2013

Three Ventura County men are behind bars, after detectives say they entered a Piru home, beat a man with a baseball bat, and stole a number of items from the house. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department investigators were quickly able to identify the three suspects in the Monday afternoon attack on the 3500 block of East Read the Rest…


Southern Santa Barbara County Transit System Beefs Up Service On Some Busy Routes

Wed, May 1, 2013

Southern Santa Barbara County’s bus system is making some changes in service. The Metropolitan Transit District is beefing up service by adding busses to two of its busiest lines, 15x, which runs from Isla Vista to Santa Barbara, and 24x, which runs from UCSB to downtown Santa Barbara. It’s also looking at whether it should Read the Rest…


Popular Santa Barbara County Beach Reopened After Closure To Protect Breeding Habitat Of Threatened Birds

Wed, May 1, 2013

A popular Santa Barbara County beach is open again, after a three week closure to protect the breeding grounds of a threatened species of bird. The Air Force closed Surf Beach on April 10th, as the result of trespassing into blocked of areas by beachgoers. Parts of the beach are closed during the breeding season Read the Rest…


Longtime South Coast Biology Professor Dies

Wed, May 1, 2013

A South Coast professor who’s been teaching biology for more than a half century has died. Barbara Collins was celebrating her 50th anniversary as an instructor at California Lutheran University, in Thousand Oaks. She was one of the first faculty members at CLU when it opened in the early 1960′s. She traveled the world with Read the Rest…


Cottage Children’s Hospital Gets First Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Trauma Care Certification In Region

Wed, May 1, 2013

A South Coast hospital is now the first in the region to be certified as a Pediatric Trauma Center, which certifies that it’s able to handle children with traumatic injuries. Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara just found out it received the designation for its Children’s Hospital. Hospital officials say it’s now the only designated pediatric Read the Rest…


Man Gets 30 Years To Life Sentence For Trying To Rob, Burn Down Santa Barbara Mini-Mart

Wed, May 1, 2013

A man has been sentenced to 30 years, to life in prison after he tried to rob a Santa Barbara mini-mart, and when the clerk didn’t cooperate, the would be robber started a series of fires. Michael Sastre had just been released from prison in Los Angeles after serving a 12 year sentence for trying Read the Rest…


Dispute Over Water Rates For City Of Ventura Still Unsettled

Wed, May 1, 2013

A tussle over water rates involving a water district in Ventura County, and the City of Ventura is still unsettled, despite some decisions by a judge. Ventura sued the United Water Conservation District, claiming that the district had been improperly charging the city three times the rate of other agricultural users. City officials say it’s Read the Rest…


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